While the Ravens front office contemplates Joe Flacco’s agent’s insistence that his client should be the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL, Flacco’s teammates have a pretty good idea of where Flacco stands with the rest of his peers.
“He deserves to get paid,” outside linebacker Terrell Suggs said as a guest on The NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access” program Friday night. “Where he scales at, that’s between our front office and his agent. But he definitely deserves it. The man has a championship ring and you reward your champion by paying him.”
Wide receiver and return specialist Jacoby Jones appeared on the same program and voiced a similar opinion.
“Why not?” Jones said when asked if Flacco should be the highest-paid quarterback in the league. “I call him Smoking Joe. The man has been in the playoffs every time. Just look at what he did, look at what he’s done, look at what he’s going to do. Man is going to be a legend.”
Joe Linta, Flacco’s agent, has openly spoke of his intent to get his client his just compensation, which would entail hammering out a deal that would exceed the $20 million average earned by the New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees.
Suggs said Flacco belongs in the same echelon as some of his more-respected peers.
“Elite, and I’ll say it again: elite,” Suggs said of Flacco. “He went through crazy odds. To go and beat Peyton Manning in Denver in the coldest game I’ve ever been a part of, and then to go back to the scene of the crime, outplay [Tom Brady] again, beat him there, and then go and play a freak in Colin Kaepernick and to outplay him, just wow. Joe Flacco is definitely an elite quarterback and he needs to be compensated as so.”